Yeah! The snow is melting. Gophers and robins are making appearances, as are the snowy owls. Joy! Joy! Joy! I hope Spring is here to stay.

Okay. Just to get this out of the way. I haven’t been blogging much lately. March, as I have written about in the past, is a horrible, evil month that, among other things, saps all of my creative energy. So instead of writing I find myself engaged in such worthwhile pursuits as, say, googling child celebrities from the seventies to see what they are up to these days. But, with the flip of the calendar page, all such dilly-dallying is behind me. Productivity, here I come!

Seriously, though. There is something revitalizing about Spring.

I have a lot of things, or thoughts, or whatever, swimming around in my head these days. Where to start? Perhaps with the past weekend. Much too much for one post, though. The keynote speaker at the SERVE 2009 conference at Briercrest College and Seminary was Scot McKnight. Never heard of him before, I’m sorry to say. He has written tons of books, however, including Jesus Creed and Blue Parakeet. This is who he is, straight from the brochure:

Scot McKnight is a widely-recognized authority on the New Testament, early Christianity, and the historical Jesus. He is the Karl A. Olsson Professor in Religious Studies at North Park University (Chicago, Illinois). A popular and witty speaker, Dr. McKnight has given radio and television interviews across the nation, and he is regularly asked to speak at local churches and educational events. Dr. McKnight obtained his doctorate at the University of Nottingham (1986).

Some observations. Of mine. He spells his name with only one t. Scot, instead of Scott. It looks a little unfinished, don’t you think? I wonder if the word snot was ever part of a childhood insult? When I see the word Scott (with two t’s) I don’t think anything, but when I see it spelled Scot (with one t) I immediately think Snot. Weird.  But he has a very cool last name. McKnight. It makes me think of a medieval warrior, cross emblazoned on his shield, preparing for battle, … but stopping first at the local tavern for a quick two-all-beef-patties-special-sauce-lettuce-cheese-pickles-onions-on-a-sesame-seed-bun. And an ale. Super-sized. To go.

Anyway. He was an interesting guy. He talked, mainly, about a couple of things. First, he presented an argument about why 20 and 30 somethings are the way the are. Namely, that they don’t go to church as much as this age group did in the past, they are less interested in religion than they are interested in things like Social Justice, and they struggle with the concept of absolute right and wrong for all people. He attributes this, in large part,  to the “self-esteem doctrine” that they have had preached to them their entire lives. Think about it. Big Bird has been telling these kids for years that they are okay, awesome in fact, and that they can do anything they want to do. So, of course, they believe it. And why would someone who is awesome just the way he is need a Saviour, or be interested in a message that tells him he is a sinner.

Interesting. More on this next time.

In other news, we are getting ready for a little family holiday. We have tickets to attend the Walking with Dinosaurs show in Regina on April 15. Following that, we will head for Calgary where we will leave the kids with my parents for the weekend while Lyndon and I attend the Homeschool Conference in Red Deer. I am REALLY looking forward to it. Looks like lots of interesting speakers. I’ve been researching curriculum to see what I will need to purchase for next year. The level of pleasure that I get from this kind of research is, I think, an indication of my intrinsic nerdiness. Yes, I am getting excited about the possibility of teaching my kids Plutarch next year.